Messy soft stools

Posted by rosnerwdr468egh @rosnerwdr468egh, Jan 22 7:35pm

I’m 74 years old. I have very messy soft stools when having a bowel movement. I only use the bathroom about twice a week. I have used Metamucil with a doctors recommendation with occasional good results. I think I could get firmer stores if I could get that fiber regulated.

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Hello @rosnerwdr468egh, Welcome to Connect. I have had quite a long running battle with constipation along with episodes of messy stools. I think more fiber is definitely part of the answer. I had bi-lateral inguinal hernia surgery a few months ago and had to take Miralax daily prior to the surgery and following the surgery so as not to damage what the surgery fixed.

I'm now cutting back on the Miralax and using a special kind of fiber that I read about in another discussion here on Connect – Heather's Tummy Fiber. I thought I would give it a try and have been using it for about a month and it really has helped me become more regular. The only downside is that it doesn't mix well with hot or cold liquids and you need to put it in a cup first and slowly add room temperature water to get it mixed into the liquid. You can also mix it into foods that might make it easier. They have helpful suggestions on the package for getting started with the fiber and the daily amounts to start with until you get back to a normal bowel movement.

You mentioned the Metamucil was recommended by your doctor. Have you thought about having a discussion with a dietician?

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Hello @rosnerwdr468egh, Welcome to Connect. I have had quite a long running battle with constipation along with episodes of messy stools. I think more fiber is definitely part of the answer. I had bi-lateral inguinal hernia surgery a few months ago and had to take Miralax daily prior to the surgery and following the surgery so as not to damage what the surgery fixed.

I'm now cutting back on the Miralax and using a special kind of fiber that I read about in another discussion here on Connect – Heather's Tummy Fiber. I thought I would give it a try and have been using it for about a month and it really has helped me become more regular. The only downside is that it doesn't mix well with hot or cold liquids and you need to put it in a cup first and slowly add room temperature water to get it mixed into the liquid. You can also mix it into foods that might make it easier. They have helpful suggestions on the package for getting started with the fiber and the daily amounts to start with until you get back to a normal bowel movement.

You mentioned the Metamucil was recommended by your doctor. Have you thought about having a discussion with a dietician?

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I take ZenWise pro & prebiotics & it helps tremendously! Good Luck!

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